Backyard zip line kits can promote a healthy lifestyle for children in numerous ways. The first, and most obvious, is exercise. Nowadays kids spend most of their time watching TV or playing video games resulting in sluggish metabolism, low oxygen absorption rates, and an overall lethargic state. Installing a backyard zip line kit can reverse these conditions in three ways. One, it will give the child an outlet to burn off their constantly overflowing energy reserves, consequently making them less nervous and able to focus better with a highly oxygenated bloodstream. Two, playing outside in the sunlight will skyrocket the child’s vitamin D levels, which studies indicate, are lower than average in 75% of Americans. Three, it will increase their social flexibility and language development through naturally attracting other well-adjusted neighborhood kids who want to play on their cool backyard equipment. Not only will the child become more popular and socially adaptable, but he or she will also develop strong leadership qualities by naturally being the one in charge of the group due to it being “their house”. This will equate them with getting accustomed to being a natural leader and having others look up to them for important decision making, such as whose turn it is next on the zip line. Another major way that backyard zip line kits can promote a healthy lifestyle for children is through developing increased eye-hand coordination. Children using a backyard zip line are constantly faced with mechanical choices that activate normally dormant sectors of the subconscious mind. It puts them in situations where they have to think quickly and react with agility and swiftness to overcome the present challenges. Simple things, such as buckling and unbuckling the carabiner to attach and detach themselves from the trolley, can enhance their mechanical abilities and cause them cultivate an extremely detailed and analytical outlook on normal, everyday situations. By introducing them to gears, pulleys, and other mechanical equipment early on, they evolve to think differently than other children whose creativity is muffled through mundane and boring indoor activities. Overall, these are the major benefits resulting from a backyard zip line kit purchase, and should be heavily considered when making that decision for your family. In a world constantly cornering them and telling them what to think and feel, isn’t it best to let them express their inner worlds through creative backyard play? We like to think so, and hope that all of our readers would agree. There are several things to keep in mind when setting up your backyard zip line kit. First, you want to make sure you have all necessary tools and hardware that will be needed for the installation. You want to thoroughly look through your hardware to make sure that all of the sized match. For example, you don’t want to get halfway through the installation only to find out that you bought 3/8” aircraft cable with 1/4” turnbuckles. Now you will have to go back to the hardware store to find the right pieces necessary to complete the install. Another thing to look at is do you have the right tools required to do the installation? Will you need wire cutters? If the zip line is over 250 feet you will most likely need a wire puller. Do you have tree saving wooden blocks to help support your zip line and protect your nice backyard trees? These are some important things to consider. Another thing worth thinking about is the location of your zip line. Ideally, you want to find two trees that are anywhere from 60 to 500 feet apart, depending on how long of a zip line you are creating. For longer zip line courses you will need to have more drop in the cable, which basically means you will have to start the zip line up higher than if it was only a short course. Use your own personal judgement about the likely speed of the ride by
examining the length and height at which you are installing it. These are only a few tips on installing your backyard zip line kit. There are many other things to consider so stay tuned for the next article.